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Venice – following Carlo Scarpa

After the forced suspension due to the pandemic, the Universities Iuav and Ca’ Foscari, the Querini Stampalia Foundation and FAI-Negozio Olivetti open a series of initiatives aimed at students and citizens dedicated to the architect and designer Carlo Scarpa. 

The series of events opens in the Scarpa area of the Querini Stampalia on Saturday, December 4 with the inauguration of the exhibition “In luce”, the shots of Alessandra Chemollo in the Gypsotheca of Possagno, curated by Maddalena Scimemi. The exhibition has as its central theme the evocative relationship between the works of Antonio Canova, the architecture of Carlo Scarpa and the light, dosed and oriented in space, makes these forms suspended in time even more alive.

It continues on December 7 at 2 pm in the auditorium of the Cotonificio Iuav with Carlo Scarpa. Meetings, curated by Maria Bonaiti and with the presence of the Iuav Rector, and with the interventions Carlo Scarpa per Adriano Olivetti a Venezia by Roberta Martinis and I frammenti del concetto. Photography and Architecture by Alessandra Chemollo.

On December 20 at 10 am, guided by the students who collaborate with the Ca’ Foscari Tour, a cycle of visits to spaces that are difficult to access will be inaugurated, such as the Baratto lecture hall at Ca’ Foscari and the boiserie, a true “forest of knowledge” made of beech, walnut and cherry, which guarantees the passage between the corridor and the hall in a game of shapes and references to the polyphora (the iconic multiple window divided by small columns) overlooking the Grand Canal. 

On December 21, three guided tours are scheduled to discover two extraordinary spaces redesigned by the architect: at 10 am the Negozio Olivetti in Piazza San Marco, at 11 am the Carlo Scarpa area of the Querini Stampalia, an exemplary combination of old and new, past and present, water and light; at 3 pm the combined Carlo Scarpa tour con Best Venice Guides.

Extraordinary openings of rarely visited spaces are also planned, such as the Fondazione Masieri, which will be open to the public on the occasion of guided tours organized by the partner institutions. A journey that branches out into the Venetian streets to discover the soul still resonating within the works of Carlo Scarpa. 

Info and booking at www.iuav.it/carloscarpaavenezia

Photo courtesy of Università Iuav di Venezia